Swindon Suffer Setback By Phantoms Four

Last Saturday evening the Swindon Wildcats suffered a minor set back to their playoff final pursuit, after coming undone by a visiting Peterborough Phantoms side. Despite a final 4-3 result both sides would unquestionably display an action packed battle and perform what would become a nail biting 60 minute fixture.


The night began well for the away side who after a scuffle from the initial puck drop, would be awarded an early powerplay and make quick work for the game's opener. It would take a wrap around and a somewhat fortunate bounce to see Edgar Bebris beat Stevie Lyle for a 1-0 game.

A heated first period would then come to a close with Peterborough claiming their second, as Donotas Kumeliauskas’ response to an initial shot would be caught before the forward would slot a second for his side.


A dominant opening to the second period saw the 'Cats take momentum however when a breakaway saw Tom Norton shoot low at the other end, the Phantoms would then have their third of the evening in succession.

An even passage of play would see a feisty contest but when import DariusPliskauskas tapped in an effort from close range, the game's score soon stood at 4-0 and what seemed to be a long way back for the hosts.

However despite being behind, Swindon would quickly respond with some good team play and after being supplied the puck from team mate Tomasz Kana, team captain Jan Kostal would shoot in between the pads of netminder Janis Auzins for a 4-1 game.


An anticipated physical third held with it an exciting restart and within 10 minutes the next goal was netted. After a quick counter up ice, it would take a rebounded swipe by Jonas Hoog to beat Auzins once more and create the way for an almost instant third goal. From the next puck drop Swindon would once again attack and lead previous scorer Kostal to fire a quick shot from close range to bring the ‘Cats to within one crucial goal.


A desperate final few minutes for both sides would hold an action packed finale however come the final buzzer, it would be the Phantoms who would take 4-3 advantage and set up an enticing fixture tomorrow when the two meet in Peterborough.


Final Score: Swindon Wildcats 3 - 4 Peterborough Phantoms


Scott Gummerson - Press Officer